Trojan Battery and Diamond Power Team Up to Power All-Electric Truck A/C and Heating Systems

May 11, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

Trojan Battery Company, manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, announced its partnership with Diamond Power Systems to power its new battery-operated electric heater and air conditioner systems, the 15,000 BTU heating and A/C system and the 10,000 BTU A/C system.

"We are pleased that Diamond Power Systems has joined Trojan’s global alliance of OEM partners," said Elke Hirschman, Vice President of Marketing for Trojan Battery. "Working together with Diamond Power’s battery-operated electric heating and A/C systems the Trojan OverDrive™ AGM 31 battery will provide extended hours of comfortable sleeper cab environment for the resting driver."

State and local legislations limiting truck idling have stimulated the need for idle reduction technologies that address driver comfort during periods of rest. Battery powered, engine-off heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are quickly becoming the preferred technology because they are less expensive to own and operate. To effectively power these systems a battery with deep cycling capabilities is required. Traditional starting or dual-purpose batteries are not built to handle the harsh deep discharge, recharge and power requirements of HVAC electrical systems, having been designed to provide maximum cranking power or only light to medium cycling performance for short durations. When used in a heavy duty cycling applications, the cycle life and performance of these starting or dual-purpose batteries will significantly degrade in a shortened period of time.

"Diamond Power is excited to partner with Trojan Battery for our battery-powered truck heater and air conditioner, the 15,000 BTU and the 10,000 BTU systems," said Dwayne Schwarze, National Sales Manager of Diamond Power Systems. "We selected Trojan’s OverDrive™ AGM 31 battery because just like Diamond Power, Trojan Battery continually addresses the demands of the marketplace while providing the best quality products, performance and services possible."

The Trojan OverDrive™ AGM 31 battery is a sealed deep cycle, absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery specifically engineered for powering no-idle HVAC systems, like Diamond Power’s 15,000 BTU Heating and 10,000 BTU A/C Systems, over long periods of time. Built on proprietary deep cycle technology, the OverDrive AGM 31 battery is optimized for high power density. Its heavy duty cycling and deep discharge characteristics allow the OverDrive to provide a steady current in excess of 10 hours, effectively maintaining power to the auxiliary air conditioning system.